is local worth it ?

Discussion in 'LTL and Local Delivery Trucking Forum' started by thundercat02, Oct 10, 2012.

  1. Taino

    Taino Light Load Member

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    I would say it just depends if you find the right gig that pays you. Other wise it isn't worth the pay cut and the short time at home. If you do find that sweet gig, like most of the drivers have posted then I would say it is well worth being local. But for us drivers, like myself that can not find or have found a gig and it wasn't worth a turd. It isn't worth it, just saying.
     
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  3. lexmark

    lexmark Medium Load Member

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    Sooner or later, that kind of mentality will catch up with you. Yes, paid by the hour is good but if every driver/employee thinks that way, how long will it be before the company realizes it's paying out way more than it needs to because of people dragging their feet? I'm not saying anybody here works that way but if you think about, it's true.

    Why pay someone 10hrs to do a job that somebody else can do in 8 or whatever. It's all about the bottom line.
     
  4. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

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    Well, sometimes, there are just delays that you can't do anything about. There is no use getting an ulcer over it. The way these companies push people, if a driver is delayed, it isn't his fault. Usually.

    If you see you are delayed, you call your supervisor and let him deal with it. That is why he gets the "big bucks."
     
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  5. lexmark

    lexmark Medium Load Member

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    That is understandable and the way to go. It's the people, not just truck drivers, that like to take 3 hours to to a 30min job.
     
  6. jgremlin

    jgremlin Heavy Load Member

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    I'm not sure I see how it can be considered dragging your feet if the truck won't go any faster. Especially when the company set the truck that way.
     
  7. Taino

    Taino Light Load Member

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    Some see it as getting paid by the hour as a golden gem. Because they DON'T have to actually work, per say. But just take their time to just get by. While others actually works. Not only in this industry but others as well. Something like how a driver can do 3 runs in a area. And when another driver goes in that area he can only do 1. When their isn't an hold ups.

    Yes sometimes the shipper or consignee holds up a driver. But that is the nature of the beast.
     
  8. jgremlin

    jgremlin Heavy Load Member

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    That's all well and good but it doesn't really apply in this case. Lexmark quoted a post and essentially said dragging your feet when getting paid hourly will hurt you in the end. But the post Lexmark quoted was talking about trucks that are slow because the company governs them. If the truck doesn't go any faster because the company doesn't want it to, then you are not dragging your feet. So I fail to see how it will hurt you in the end in those cases.
     
  9. road_runner

    road_runner Road Train Member

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    As a overnight linedriver, they pay us mostly by the mile. My real incentive is to hurry up with my route, and get back as fast as possible. Dock workers get a quick start on their trailers, p&d drivers get their city trailers on time, and I get to be home within a reasonable time before everyone else starts hitting the road to go to work.

    On a side note, it is nice to get off of work when everyone else is going to work.
     
  10. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

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    What really sucks, is when the company's biggest, most important customer, holds up the local P/U driver with a load that "just has to get" on your overnight. And your dispatcher has to go along with it. Getting you out of your base terminal a couple of hours late. And it is snowing. . .
     
  11. AfterShock

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    And as you're leaving the shipper they remind you, "Don't be late, --- Drive safely", --- as they're leaving for home after a hard day's work, like they do every night after work. Where they relax, unwind, and put work out of their minds for the evening and spend time with their families. At bedtime, settin' the alarm, a feelin' of dread comes over them, as they remember the Big truck truck drivers, ........... and how they detest having to listen to them stressin' over some silly delivery schedule every day, --- always in a hurry when they arrive on time, and on the other end, always deliver their loads late.
    Go figure.
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    The faster they go
    The behinder they get?
    Or
    The behinder they get
    The faster the loads gotta go?
    :smt102
     
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